Easley is another example of a player who, in my opinion, was committed to a program that held more promise for him, but decided to switch.
In Easley's case, the original program was Penn State, which traditionally sends top defensive linemen and linebackers to the NFL and has a low boom-to-bust ratio.
The new program was Florida, which has dealt with multiple off-the-field problems from its players, and in particular, its defensive linemen, in recent years. Under Meyer, it's defensive linemen have also seemed to struggle in the NFL.
Derrick Morgan is a certified NFL bust. Carlos Dunlap chose the wrong time to put the classical music station on during a long drive home. Gary Brown has been kicked out. Torrey Davis saw the field only sparingly and left the program early. John Brown also transferred.
Additionally, Meyer's health problems, coupled with multiple coaching changes, have destabilized the Florida coaching ranks. Any relationships Easley struck up on the recruiting trail may be compromised down the road.
To be fair, Penn State's had its share of off-the-field issues, especially recently. And Joe Paterno isn't exactly the picture of health. But few programs are considering poaching the defensive coaching staff in Happy Valley, and it's not because they're not talented; it's because they're stable.
Plus, no one is writing about the plausibility of a curse on PSU's defensive linemen. Heck, defensive end Jared Odrick was the Big Ten's defensive player of the year last year, though whether he deserved it is a different matter entirely.
For Easley, more stable and fundamental coaching on (and off) the field in Happy Valley might have been called for over the Gators' glitz.